Phoenix Suns vs. Los Angeles Lakers - 10/29/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Lakers (27-55) at Phoenix Suns (48-34)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 10:00 pm (US Airways Center)
The Line: Phoenix Suns -10 -- Over/Under: 210.5 See the Latest Odds
The Phoenix Suns kick off their season opener with a battle against the Los Angeles Lakers tonight.
In one of the most bizarre seasons, the Phoenix Suns were able to finish their 2013-2014 campaign with a 48-34 overall record, but still fell one win shy of a playoff spot in the crowded Western Conference. In the offseason, Phoenix didn't make too many moves but I like their decision to pick up Channing Frye who is currently injured but should be able to spread the floor and grab rebounds. A more interesting move the Suns made was to sign Isaiah Thomas to a four-year $52 million deal to be part of a lethal three-guard rotation. While the Suns don't exactly look that intimidating on paper, I definitely won't be underestimating them after what I saw from them last season.
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Meanwhile, not many people were expecting too much from the Los Angeles Lakers this season and last night we saw why. It was so refreshing to see Kobe Bryant back on the court, but he was basically left on an island to carry the offense, leading the way with 19 points while Carlos Boozer had a decent night of 17 points. Other than another 11 points from Ed Davis in garbage time, no other Laker reached double figures in scoring in the 108-90 loss against the Rockets. As bad as the loss was, the real icing on the cake was the injury to Lakers rookie Julius Randle who landed awkwardly after a collision and hurt his right leg, forcing him to leave the game on a stretcher.
In ATS trends, the Lakers are 2-5 ATS in the last seven meetings overall and 1-5-1 ATS in the last seven meetings in Phoenix. The hom team is also 9-3 ATS in the last 12 meetings and the Under is 5-2 in the last seven.
If you think I'm being a little too hard on the Lakers, you obviously didn't watch their game last night. I know this is laying a lot of points for a team in their season opener, but I just can't see a way the Lakers will be able to hang with these young Suns in their own building.